What We See in the Stars

What We See in the Stars : An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky

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A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.

Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky's most brilliant features--such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets--as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 211 x 211 x 20mm | 618g
  • Ten Speed Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0399579532
  • 9780399579530
  • 666,236

Table of contents



Bright Stars 17
Precession & Shifting Pole Stars 18
The Ecliptic 20
Ptolemy’s Constellations 22
The Modern Constellations 72
Tools, Art & Technology 74
Animals & Mythical Creatures 78
Other Modern Constellations 84



The Phases of the Moon 94
Disk Sizes 98 Tidal Locking 99
More Moon Phenomena 100
Lunar Maria 102
Full Moon Names 104

Sunlight is Starlight 108
Lunar Eclipses 110
Solar Eclipses 111
The Aurorae 112


Wandering Stars 116
Mercury 119
Venus 121
Earth 123
Mars 125
Jupiter 127
Saturn 129
Uranus 131
Neptune 133
Outer Objects 134

Comets 138
Meteors 140
Asteroids 144


Messages for the Stars 148
Voyager Interstellar Mission 150
Deep Space 152
Nebulae 153
Is There Anyone Out There? 154
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Review quote

Kelsey Oseid renders the history, science, and myths of our solar system in stunning hand-painted art.

What We See in the Stars explains the human connection we have to the cosmos and the scientific discoveries made by people from around the world over several centuries. Beautifully illustrated, its inky pages take you on a journey to swim alongside the stars and celestial bodies throughout our galaxy. Kelsey Oseid makes you aware of your own unique place in spacetime and artfully shows why you should keep looking up.
--Ariel Waldman, author of What's It Like in Space?

"This book is a beautiful way to learn about the science and history of the night sky. Kelsey Oseid's beautiful paintings seem to be speckled with starlight and truly bring to life facts about astronomy, astrology, and mythology, from the mechanics of meteor showers to the tools used to map and name ancient constellations. What We See in the Stars is an amazing resource for anyone who ever looks up at the sky in wonderment."
--Rachel Ignotofsky, author of Women in Science
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About Kelsey Oseid

KELSEY OSEID is an illustrator, painter, artist, and amateur naturalist who has illustrated a variety of children's books and runs an online shop where she sells prints and original pieces of her nature-themed work. Her work has been featured on Design*Sponge, Oh So Beautiful Paper, Everglow Handmade, and in magazines like Organic Life, Anthology, and Good Housekeeping.
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